Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K review

A highly portable, semi-pro 4K video camera that's significantly less expensive than its rivals – what's not to like?

Close-up of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Digital Camera World Verdict

With a Micro Four Thirds sensor and lens mount, dual native ISO and a hardware/software combination you would expect to see in a £2,000+ movie camera, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K looks versatile and capable. When you consider its asking price of £1,134/$1,300 – significantly less than the Panasonic GH5S – for video, it makes a lot of sense.


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    Excellent range of ports

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    Giant 5-inch touchscreen

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    Shoots RAW video

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    MFT lens mount


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    No flip-out screen

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    No ND filter

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    No continuous AF

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Blackmagic has been making cameras for about six years, ranging from small form-factor film cameras through to pro-grade studio cameras, all with a focus on video. 

The Pocket Cinema Camera lineup received a solid reception when it launched, although the sacrifices made in terms of ports and battery life always held the series back. 

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Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.